Schools receive upgrade funds

Schools throughout the province are going to get revamped, updated and upgraded, thanks to more than $35 million in provincial funding

  • Nov. 15, 2015 8:00 p.m.

Schools throughout the province are going to get revamped, updated and upgraded, thanks to more than $35 million in provincial funding.

Students, teachers and staff at schools throughout the province will benefit from a variety of improvements under the province’s Routine Capital Program.

Announced in August as a $20-million program, it was expanded with an extra $15.3 million after districts brought forward a large number of projects where the life of the school could be extended.

In total, 109 projects – including several in the Vernon and North Okanagan school districts – are being funded.

Projects were chosen based on need, priority and supporting student learning.

“This program is all about making sure children have safe, healthy and modern places to learn,” said education minister Mike Bernier.

“We are investing today and expanding this program to fix, repair and upgrade as many schools as possible.”

Examples of the types of projects include upgrading heating and ventilation to boost student comfort and improve energy efficiency and air quality, or repairing or replacing roofs to extend the life of the school.

In the Vernon school district, three schools will be upgraded.

W.L. Seaton Secondary will receive a new roof worth $1,029,500 and $264,000 for a new transformer power pole, cabling and switchboard; Okanagan Landing Elementary will have installed Phase 1 of a geothermal ground systems and central systems installation worth $600,000; and Beairsto Elementary will get a new transformer, cabling and switchboard for $192,000.

Armstrong’s Pleasant Valley Secondary School, part of the North Okanagan-Shuswap school district, will receive $140,000 for an electrical system direct digital control replacement.